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25 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N5100 possibly seen testing, may put quad Exynos in …


Samsung Galaxy Note GTN5100 possibly caught testing, may bring quad Exynos to small tablets

Feeling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 could use some more grunt? There’s a chance you’ll get your wish. An unannounced Galaxy Note GT-N5100 has popped up in benchmark scores with what looks to be a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412, better known as the Exynos 4 Quad variant that’s used in the speedy Galaxy Note II. We don’t know that it’s a small tablet, but the 1,280 x 800 resolution matches that of the Galaxy Note 10.1 — it’s not very likely that Samsung wants to duplicate its recent design efforts. Whatever the dimensions, the testing shows that the slate is using Android 4.1.2, and it may be a cellular-equipped model with that “kona3g” codename. If the GT-N5100 is more than just a set of benchmarks, the real question may be when we’ll see it; there’s no guarantee of a tinier Galaxy Note in Las Vegas.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/24/samsung-galaxy-note-gt-n5100-possibly-caught-testing/

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18 Dec 12 Android Is Red Hot, Except With the Business Crowd





Article source: http://go.bloomberg.com/tech-blog/2012-12-18-more-people-would-rather-have-no-tablet-than-an-android-tablet/

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15 Dec 12 Nexus 4 Google Play stock exhausted again » Phone Reviews


It has been around a month now since Google treated the Android world to some new Nexus branded hardware that included the hugely popular Nexus 4 smartphone manufactured by LG. The popularity of the handset with its competitive pricing and high end specs has seen the device becoming hard to get hold of from certain channels, and especially Google Play. It now seems that stock via this method has been exhausted again with no word when it will be available.

As soon as Google first launched the Nexus 4 onto the Google Play Store both storage versions of the device quickly sold out, and when pre-orders then started again for the device consumers were left with rather long wait times for their handset to arrive.

Now at the time of writing both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4 have sold out in the US and UK Google Play Stores. The 8GB model was the first to sell out recently but has now been joined by the 16GB model and just before this the shipping time for the device was showing up to a nine week wait time.

LG has spoken about the stock shortages of the Nexus 4 recently and basically said it was down to the huge demand, but those desperate to get hold of the device can decide to purchase it from a number of carriers or third party retailers.

Trouble is though this is a much more expensive option as for instance the US Amazon online store has the 8GB nexus 4 listed at a massive $559.99, which compares to $299 via Google Play when there is stock. OK Google will charge you for delivery of your handset but that’s a big difference in price for the same product.

For those of you that were lucky enough to recently get an order accepted by Google for the Nexus 4 it could be almost February before you even see your device. For UK consumers the handset is now available via carrier Three, which first revealed some pricing for the handset last month, but at the time of writing the only option available is getting the device on the One Plan over two years at £35 per month, and a £29 up front cost for the 16GB model.

If stock issues are not quickly resolved many potential buyers of the Nexus 4 may look elsewhere, as next month we have the CES event in Las Vegas that is followed in February by the Mobile World Congress, and we are likely to see a whole host of desirable new hardware being announced.

Have you managed to get hold of the Nexus 4 via Google Play?

Article source: http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2012/12/15/nexus-4-google-play-stock-exhausted-again/

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11 Jun 12 MobileIron Distributes Enterprise Apps, Simplifies Android


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As mobile devices become part of corporate business, mobile app management company MobileIron sees an opportunity to facilitate enterprise app delivery at scale and to protect company content on mobile devices.

Last week MobileIron introduced three services designed to make the transition from desktop to mobile computing in businesses more manageable and more secure.

“In the next 12 to 18 months, companies will have their business processes on mobile,” said Ojas Rege, VP of strategy for MobileIron, in a phone interview.

But in so doing, businesses face several challenges. The first is app distribution. Rege describes a scenario in which a top pharmaceutical company moves its salespeople to iPads. “iPads are transforming the way selling is done,” he said.

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But suppose the company’s custom app weighs in at 1.5 GB. Distributing such a hefty chunk of code to a large sales force would slow many corporate networks to a crawl.

“The correct way is to offload the download onto a secure, global, distributed network,” said Rege. “That’s what we’ve done to our Application Delivery Network.”

The MobileIron Application Delivery Network (ADN) promises provisioning at scale. Think of it as the equivalent of content delivery network Akamai for enterprise mobile apps. Rege contends no one else has this capability at the moment and says the service will be available in the second half of the year, for a monthly per-device fee.

Then there’s MobileIron Docs@Work, an enterprise data loss prevention service for both ActiveSync email attachments and SharePoint content. “Email and SharePoint are the two primary content repositories that all MobileIron’s customers have,” said Rege.

Every organization, insists Rege, is worried about its email attachments being sent to some service like Dropbox and losing control of important data. Docs@Work provides a way to encrypt email and SharePoint documents so they can be read only through MobileIron’s secure reader. The service allows IT administrators to delete documents remotely if necessary.

Finally, App Connect for Android is a service that attempts to relieve IT managers of the burden of managing the fragmented Android ecosystem, with all of its different operating system versions.

The service wraps Android business apps in a virtual container for the sake of security and compatibility. App .apk files are encapsulated so that data gets encrypted, inter-app communication is secured, and single sign-on can be implemented. By acting as an intermediary between the app and the data flowing in and out of the app, App Connect for Android provides control over business data while leaving personal apps alone.

“It’s our belief that Android will fail in the enterprise unless it can be defragmented,” said Rege.

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Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/240001803

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13 Jan 12 Gmail Offline Chrome Web App Gets Settings, Shortcuts


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) enhanced its capabilities for its offline
Gmail Web application for Chrome, adding a settings page, better attachments
functionality, keyboard shortcut support and other perks.

Support for offline email is a big deal for users who
need to read, respond
to, organize and archive email without a Web connection. This includes some trains and planes that lack
wireless networks.

The search engine provider
unveiled its new offline Gmail in August, a conversion from offline messaging
enabled by Google Gears to an HTLM5 approach the company is going with for its
Web applications. Google built similar functionality for its Calendar and Docs
apps.

The new settings page in the Gmail Chrome app will let
users choose whether they want to synchronize seven, 14 or a whole month’s worth of
messages. “So the next time you get on an airplane, you can sit back and
tackle up to 31 days of mail all while offline,”explained the Gmail team in a blog post Jan. 12.

Other new features in the offline Gmail app include
support for keyboard shortcuts. Users who have shortcuts turned on in their
online Gmail will automatically apply to the Gmail offline app. Also, all
attachments are now downloaded and available for offline use.

Finally, the Gmail offline app is snappier, according to
Google. Basically, messages and attachments download more quickly than before.
Google also squashed some bugs in the app.

Users may
install the Gmail offline app from the Chrome Web Store here. Current
users of the app will see the improvements the next time they fire up the app.

Google’s idea is that the HTML5 approach is more
efficient for its Chrome Web Store, which provides apps for Chromebooks. These
are notebooks based on Google’s Chrome Operating System. Chromebooks haven’t
exactly flown off the shelves and into consumers’ homes, but partners such as
Samsung haven’t given up.

The consumer electronics maker
showed off a new, metallic Chromebook and the Chromebox, a desktop PC it
envisions for more business-oriented users, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas this week.

 

Article source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Enterprise-Networking/Gmail-Offline-Chrome-Web-App-Gets-Settings-Shortcuts-867261

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09 Dec 11 Custom wheels for your ride still hot, but chrome is not


If you have any lingering doubt that the bling-bling era is over, look at the latest trends in custom wheels.

A decade ago, oversize wheels dripping chrome — “dubs” as they became known — were must-haves for rappers and car fanciers alike. The number of makers proliferated and services sprang up to rent them to folks who couldn’t afford three or four figures per wheel,

Today, custom wheels are just as high-style, and expensive, but chrome is yielding in popularity to black or a color keyed to the car’s paint job. And the wheels that are still chromed often have a dark smoked or color tint — not the super-shiny silver bling that now seems so 1990s.

“Flashing around is not in fashion,” says Beau Boeckmann, who runs Galpin Auto Sports in Los Angeles, the customizing shop featured on MTV’s old Pimp My Ride series. “People are spending money where other people don’t see them spending money.”

Chrome wheels still have a following with the masses, but trend-setters have moved on to black and colors, says Myles Kovacs, publisher of Dubs magazine, who also has his own line of wheels. “Everyone is trying to stand out from everyone else”

Size also mattered: 20-inchers gave way to 24-, 28- and even 30-inch rims. And with the craze at its most ridiculous, some wheels sported “spinners” — discs that kept spinning after the vehicle had come to a halt.

At the recent SEMA aftermarket parts trade show in Las Vegas, wheel makers had plenty of new styles, but far less chrome bling. “Definitely less chrome,” said Terence Scheckter, president of TSW Alloy Wheels in Huntington Beach, Calif., who says, “Wheels look better in paint.”

Other buyers are going for brushed metal finishes, says A.C. Celik, president of wheel maker Forgiato in Sun Valley, Calif.

The marketing has changed, too, with less emphasis on the mass market and more on auto enthusiasts and tuners. “The market for soccer moms with 22-inch chrome wheels has fallen off,” Scheckter says.

Not content with off-the-shelf wheels, some customizers are adding their own paint to chrome rims, keyed to or a contrast to the car’s color. With the paint accents, “you won’t even know it’s chrome,” says Floyd Bryant of Velocity Wheel in Monterey Park, Calif. Such techniques “are pushing the chrome to the back” of the market.

Don’t like most styles in the auto industry, it’s only a matter of time before chrome makes a comeback. And Boeckmann, for one, is just itching for its return: “I still love chrome. Sometimes you put the bell bottoms in the closet and wait for them to come back in fashion.”

Article source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/12/customs-wheels-for-your-ride-still-hot-but-chrome-is-not/1

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08 Dec 11 Custom wheels for your ride shed chrome



If you have any lingering doubt that the bling-bling era is over, look at the latest trends in custom wheels.

A decade ago, oversize wheels dripping chrome — “dubs” as they became known — were must-haves for rappers and car fanciers alike. The number of makers proliferated and services sprang up to rent them to folks who couldn’t afford three or four figures per wheel,


Today, custom wheels are just as high-style, and expensive, but chrome is yielding in popularity to black or a color keyed to the car’s paint job. And the wheels that are still chromed often have a dark smoked or color tint — not the super-shiny silver bling that now seems so 1990s.

“Flashing around is not in fashion,” says Beau Boeckmann, who runs Galpin Auto Sports in Los Angeles, the customizing shop featured on MTV’s old Pimp My Ride series. “People are spending money where other people don’t see them spending money.”

Chrome wheels still have a following with the masses, but trend-setters have moved on to black and colors, says Myles Kovacs, publisher of Dubs magazine, who also has his own line of wheels. “Everyone is trying to stand out from everyone else”

Size also mattered: 20-inchers gave way to 24-, 28- and even 30-inch rims. And with the craze at its most ridiculous, some wheels sported “spinners” — discs that kept spinning after the vehicle had come to a halt.

At the recent SEMA aftermarket parts trade show in Las Vegas, wheel makers had plenty of new styles, but far less chrome bling. “Definitely less chrome,” said Terence Scheckter, president of TSW Alloy Wheels in Huntington Beach, Calif., who says, “Wheels look better in paint.”

Other buyers are going for brushed metal finishes, says A.C. Celik, president of wheel maker Forgiato in Sun Valley, Calif.

The marketing has changed, too, with less emphasis on the mass market and more on auto enthusiasts and tuners. “The market for soccer moms with 22-inch chrome wheels has fallen off,” Scheckter says.

Not content with off-the-shelf wheels, some customizers are adding their own paint to chrome rims, keyed to or a contrast to the car’s color. With the paint accents, “you won’t even know it’s chrome,” says Floyd Bryant of Velocity Wheel in Monterey Park, Calif. Such techniques “are pushing the chrome to the back” of the market.

Don’t like most styles in the auto industry, it’s only a matter of time before chrome makes a comeback. And Boeckmann, for one, is just itching for its return: “I still love chrome. Sometimes you put the bell bottoms in the closet and wait for them to come back in fashion.”

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